We flew back from the U.K. (Gatwick Airport) to the U.S. on Tuesday morning on U.S. Air flight 95 to Charlotte. Unusually, all passengers were screened on arrival by U.S. Immigration service officials standing by the aircraft door. Behind me, a young British student of Middle Eastern or Asian origin was shepherded away for further questioning.
Was there a connection? Something was clearly up. At least we got home safe and sound and with miminimum disruption. Air travel is now going to be a mess, particularly from the U.K. to the U.S.
According to the BBC website, if we were flying today, the sitution would be as follows:
All flights in and out of the airport have been suspended. Earlier, passengers complained that they had been given no information about their flights, with one woman describing the scene as "complete havoc".
Airport worker Warren Tarling, 19, said he had never seen Gatwick as chaotic before in the three years he has worked at the airport.
"I have never seen it like this. It gets busy sometimes but not like this. There's thousands upon thousands of people.
"I cannot see things getting better for a good couple of hours.
"Most people have been polite but some have been angry. Generally people have been understanding because of the nature of the problem."